Baidu launches mobile OS

China’s largest search engine provider Baidu has announced that it will launch its own mobile operating system.

The platform, which will be called Baidu Yi, is based on Google’s Android OS and is a “fork” of Android; when developers take a legal copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it to create a distinct piece of software.

The company will allow third-party application developers to create apps for Baidu Yi, such as games, maps and other tools which they can distribute via a Baidu Yi app store.

The platform will also offer users 180Gb of storage space in the cloud to manage personal data such as e-mail, pictures and contacts,

Chinese research firm Analysys International reported that Baidu had 75.9 per cent of China’s market share in Q2, 2011, whereas Google China’s market share, which ranks second, recently dropped to just 18.9 per cent. Baidu’s share of the mobile search market, however, is less dominant, at just 35 per cent.

One comment

  1. Avatar cynthia 06/09/2011 @ 5:45 am

    but this is not going to have any impact out side china and how does it is going to affect Android and other mobile os there

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.